IPMA level A programme management

With an IPMA level A certificate you demonstrate that you are an experienced project manager and that you managed a wealth of very complex programmes. If you have a minimum of five years’ worth of experience as a manager of complex programmes, then opting for the IPMA level A course is certainly a good choice, as it means you will be right up there with the world’s most experienced programme managers.

 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for IPMA level A certification, you must demonstrate adequate experience with sufficiently complex programmes. Below are the minimum experience requirements, which refer to all projects that count for IPMA level A or B.

 

To be eligible for IPMA level A program, you must demonstrate sufficient experience with sufficiently complex programs. Below are the minimum experience requirements, which refer to the total of all programmes that count for that level.

In the last 12 years:
At least 5 years (60 months) of experience as programme manager in a responsible leadership role in very complex programmes at strategic level (complexity ≥32)

OR

At least 4 years (48 months) of experience as programme manager in a responsible leadership role in very complex programmes at strategic level (complexity ≥32)

AND

a minimum of 3 years (36 months) experience as project manager in a project manager
Responsible leadership role in very complex projects at strategic level (complexity ≥32)

You describe as many programmes as needed in order to demonstrate that you meet this experience requirement. There is room to describe 3 programmes. But if, for example, you only need 2 projects to meet this experience requirement, you may leave the rest empty.

You may not be able to demonstrate sufficient months of experience in the last 6 (level C) or 8 (level B) years, for example because you temporarily held a different position. However, you can compensate by demonstrating that have gained sufficient experience in the period prior that.
In such cases, it may be possible to count experience from 9 to 12 years ago in order to meet the experience requirements.

 

Programme indicators

An indication of the expected minimum size of a ‘typical’ level A programme is given below. However, these are not minimum requirements: the figures are indicative and their interpretation varies from sector to sector.

 

Indicative criteria of complexity

IPMA level A

Period you were the designated programme manager ≥ 24 months
Scheduled programme lead time ≥ 24 months
Actual lead time ≥ 24 months
Number of people directed ≥ 12
Number of people indirect managed ≥ 60
Number of hours of the people you directed ≥ 40.000
Number of hours spent on the project as a project manager ≥ 2.400
Number of stakeholders ≥ 16 of which min. 6 at board level

 

A detailed description of the admission requirements and complexity can be found in the Explanatory Note and Instructions. The templates, instruction and sample papers are available on request.

 

For course components, costs and trainers, please visit the general IPMA level A page.